Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport is pleased to announce that it has agreed a new deal with Valtteri Bottas for the 2018 Formula 1 season.

Valtteri joined the team in early 2017 and has started 13 races for the Silver Arrows so far. Having scored 197 points, the Finn currently holds third place in the drivers’ championship. Since joining Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, the 28-year old driver has claimed his first Formula 1 wins (Russia, Austria) as well as his first F1 pole positions (Bahrain, Austria). This season alone, Valtteri has so far secured nine podiums – equalling the number of podiums he scored in his Formula 1 career before this season.

Mark Maloney broke the Outright Lap Record for Bushy Park Barbados on Sunday (September 2) during round three of the Suzuki Challenge Series at the Williams Industries International Race Meet, just one day after Guyana’s Kristian Jeffrey had set a new Qualifying Record. Both records were previously held by ‘Sol’ Esuf, who nevertheless extended his lead in the SR3 Cup standings with two wins.

In the Swift Cup, points-leader Barry Gale and his closest challenger, Trinidad & Tobago’s Ryan Peyrau, each scored 48 points, so Gale’s four-point lead remained intact, while Justin Campbell claimed two race wins to stand on top of the podium at the end of the day for the first time and climb to third place in the championship.

In Saturday Qualifying, former Caribbean Motor Racing Champion Jeffrey’s [...]

  • Record August - monthly sales increase 4.6 percent over August 2016
  • 69 consecutive months of yearly month-over-month growth
  • Best August ever for Crosstrek, Impreza and Outback
  • Best month ever for Crosstrek
  • 42 consecutive months of more than 10,000 Outbacks sold
  • 49 consecutive months of more than 10,000 Foresters sold

 

Subaru of America, Inc. today reported 63,215 vehicle sales for August 2017, a 4.6 percent increase over August 2016 and marks the best-ever sales month in company history, breaking the previous record set in December 2016 (63,177). The automaker also reported year-to-date sales of 423,728 vehicles, an 8.1 percent gain over the same period in 2016.

August marked the 42nd consecutive month of 40,000+ vehicle sales for the company. Crosstrek (XV in Barbados), Impreza and Outback sales were notably [...]

Subaru of America, Inc. announced today its donation of $100,000 to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana, through its ongoing support of the American Red Cross.

As a platinum member of the American Red Cross Ready 365 Giving Program, Subaru already contributes $100,000 annually to support Red Cross' proactive response to disaster relief efforts. Due to the extreme severity of Hurricane Harvey, the automaker is matching its annual support with an additional donation to help bring aid to those affected in the Gulf Coast. Subaru will also donate vehicles to the Red Cross at a later date to further assist in recovery efforts.

Furthermore, Subaru of America Foundation has enhanced its existing matching gifts program to establish a way for SOA employees to help support relief and recovery efforts [...]

Mercedes-Benz posts strongest half-year with sales of more than 1.1 million cars

Stuttgart – In the first six months of 2017, Mercedes-Benz was more successful than ever before in a half-year. 209,309 cars were delivered to customers in June (+11.1%) and 1,144,274 in the first six months of the year (+13.7%). The Stuttgart-based company with the three-pointed star thus set new sales records, significantly surpassing its prior-year unit sales both in June and in the first six months of the year. In addition, the second quarter was the best-ever quarter with 583,649 vehicles delivered worldwide (+11.6%). In terms of new cars registered, Mercedes-Benz was the strongest premium brand in the domestic market Germany, as well as in the markets Italy, France, Belgium, Portugal, Austria, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Taiwan, the USA, Canada and Brazil in June.

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Nine-time SR3 Cup race-winner Stuart Maloney heads into round two of the third Suzuki Challenge Series at Bushy Park Barbados on Saturday (July 1) off the back of a string of impressive results in the UK Radical Challenge Championship. Two third places were the highlights of a six-race programme that saw him finish outside the top 10 only once over back-to-back weekends of racing at Silverstone and Rockingham.

Maloney was joined by his brother Mark and Guyana’s Kristian Jeffrey, who won the SR3 Winter Cup at Bushy Park in January and is contesting the whole UK series and selected other European races. The grid of more than 30 drivers included names familiar to island fans, among them Brian and John Caudwell and teenager Jack Manchester, who made his circuit racing debut at Bushy Park at Radical International 2016.

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From Fleetpoint.com: Mercedes-Benz has won two awards at the inaugural Auto Trader New Car Awards, with the C-Class winning the ‘Best car for long distances’ title, and the E-Class being named ‘Best car for families’.

Unlike most motoring awards, the Auto Trader awards are given based on the opinions of 10,000 consumers who have bought, driven and lived with their new vehicles, giving them a unique insight.

Krishan Bodhani, Head of smart and Product Management, Mercedes-Benz Cars UK, said: “It’s a huge honour for us to win two awards at the first ever Auto Trader awards, especially as the votes are cast by customers.”

Andy Pringle, Auto Trader Cars Editor, said: “The Auto Trader New Car Awards celebrate the new cars that are admired by those that matter most: their owners. Mercedes-Benz ranked exceptionally well with its owners this year, [...]

JCB has unveiled three new mini excavators at its headquarters in Staffordshire, UK, with operating weights of 1.6t to 1.8t, and feature steel bodywork designed to better protect hydraulic rams and hoses and swing-out counterweights for ease of maintenance.

The line-up includes: the 16C-1, a conventional tailswing model designed for the rental market (1.6t); the 18Z-1, the company’s first zero tailswing model (1.7t) and a model aimed at all industry sectors; and the 19C-1 model (1.8t), aimed primarily at contractors.

Matt Fears, MD, JCB Compact Products, said it was the right time for JCB to turn its attention to opportunities below four tonnes, noting: “Of the 200,000 mini excavator units sold in 2016, 40,000 were in the six- to 12-tonne category, and 55,000 were in the four- to 6-tonne category.

“This leaves 105,000 units, over half the market, [...]

From ConstructionEquipmentGuide.com: A fleet of more than 20 JCB machines is playing a starring role in the latest installment of a cult film franchise. JCB skid steer loaders, Loadall telescopic handlers and JS excavators were supplied to 20th Century Fox for the making of the new film “Alien: Covenant” which will be released in the U.S. on Friday, May 19.

Starring alongside actors Michael Fassbender and Katherine Waterston, the machines are wrapped in stunning gold to give them a futuristic look – the idea of British film director and producer Ridley Scott.

“This is one of the highest-profile film projects in JCB's history, involving approximately $1.3 million worth of machines,” said Michael Plummer, JCB's Worldwide Marketing Director. “Ridley Scott's idea to wrap the machines in gold delivered a stunning result and is certainly an eye-catching addition to [...]

From TorqueNews: Forbes says the new Subaru Forester is one of the top 5 vehicles to run for more than 250,000 miles. What makes it more reliable than others?

Forbes has compiled a list of the top 10 cars most likely to run over 250,000 miles. It's not a surprise that a Subaru made the list. The Subaru Forester SUV made the top 5 vehicles list that is most-reliable and able to pile up the miles according to Forbes.

Subarus are known to go this many miles and more, and one thing you’ll notice about their owners, is how long they hang on to them. Like a badge of honor, they watch the odometer to see it roll over the 100,000 mile and then 200,000 mile marks and beyond. Many Subaru owners consider their car a member of the family [...]

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